Skip to content

DeMarcus Cousins suspended two games over incident with Spurs broadcaster Sean Elliott

Nov 11, 2012, 7:42 PM EDT

DeMarcus Cousins AP

DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended two games without pay for confronting San Antonio Spurs announcer Sean Elliott in a hostile manner following Friday night’s game, the league announced in an official release.

Cousins will miss Sunday night’s game against the Lakers in Los Angeles and Tuesday night’s home game against the Blazers.

The original incident stemmed from comments Elliott made about Cousins during the Spurs broadcast, after Cousins engaged in a bit of trash talk with Tim Duncan. Duncan responded by getting a block on Cousins and scoring a few times, after which Elliott let loose.

“That’s why some humility is in order,” Elliott said. “You think you’re dominating Tim Duncan, you get it stuffed right back in your face. Timmy doesn’t like to talk trash. But if guys start talking mess to him, he’s going to respond. All that trash talking was premature. I’m not about to let these guys off the hook. Young ballclubs…should learn from this. Don’t start talking and flapping your gums against one of the greatest players ever. He’s going to make you pay. Tell me who got the best of this exchange.”

Cousins heard about the remarks, and after the game came out of the locker room and waited for Elliott on the court while the postgame show was wrapping up, and then the two had words.

The punishment seems severe, but the league had to do something. Players simply cannot be allowed to confront an opponent’s broadcast team after a game, no matter what was said on the air.

Elliott is one of the league’s most notorious homers, and he has some part in this too; no one should say anything on the broadcast that they wouldn’t say to a player’s face. But from the NBA’s standpoint, they simply can’t have players attempting to intimidate the opposing team’s media members — hence, the suspension.

  1. badassleroybrown - Nov 11, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Sean Elliot is such a Kiss *ss …

    Cousin is suspended for talking to a commentator!?!? after a game…C’mon its not like he commited the Malice in the palace.

  2. heathater4lifeson - Nov 11, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Why did cousins have to go and confront him? And where was Keith Smart? Shouldn’t you know by now that cousins is as immature as they come and requires a baby sitter before and after games. He is the dez Bryant of the nba

    • scalfor3 - Nov 12, 2012 at 12:48 AM

      Holy sh*t that Dez Bryant comparison is so spot on

  3. readysethike - Nov 11, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    the punishment is severe…but id like to know what was said…did he threaten to beat him up? and how come no one accounted for cousins when he left the lockerroom

  4. dcviking - Nov 11, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    The Ebby Calvin Laloosh of the NBA —- million dollar talent and a five cent mind. Thata boy, meat.

  5. libertynchurch - Nov 11, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Totally uncalled for. I fully understand, and support, one mans right to look another man, face to face, and exchange words. As a psuedo-journalist, Sean Elliot is
    selling his knowledge of the game, its culture and his access to the players. There was no physical violence, no brandishing of weapons. Just words, with no reports of threats. It appears that the League went nuclear because it was D. Cousins?

    There are other example in sports, Mayweather-Merchant and Sanders-McCarver, that make this seem small in comparison. The League should have confered with Sean Elliot, as I am sure that he does not think that a man should lose two days pay over this. Otherwise, the League will have to review its rules that require players to make themselves accessile to journalists. Maybe the League should just prepare scripts for the players to read….

  6. savvybynature - Nov 11, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    What did Elliott say that was so bad? Does anyone think that Cousins doesn’t need to show more humility? Anyone watching the game would have noticed that Timmy owned Cousins after the trash talking incident and later when the game was on the line — so why is it controversial to say so?
    What Elliott says during a broadcast needs only the approval of the people that sign his check. Whether or not a player likes it is irrelevant, and to take umbrage with it to the point of accosting him after the game is solely the responsible of Cousins. To imply that Elliott is somehow at fault too is ridiculous.
    If you wanna be man enough to trash talk one of the all-time greats, you should be man enough to take some criticism for it.

  7. charlutes - Nov 11, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    What? Why not, is confrontation illegal? why on earth is questioning the media a finable offense, that’s insane.

    • savvybynature - Nov 11, 2012 at 8:24 PM

      Threatening someone is illegal.

      It’s hard to say without more details on what happened.

    • badintent - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:00 AM

      stick and stones may break some bones, but jive words are just that . JIVE !
      take Cousins and put him on skid row in 7-8 years when his skills decline, he gets injured and he’s locker room poison.
      Yo T-Mac, your new backup center is here.Give him some dumpling and some fried rat.

  8. savvybynature - Nov 11, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    As far as the punishment, it’s insanity that the suspension for talking smack to a broadcaster is the same (or even more severe) as it is for throwing an elbow into a guy’s exposed ribs while he is in the air.
    The league barely bats an eye at cheap shots that could seriously injure a player and take away their livelihood, but then drop the hammer on this.
    I’m not necessarily saying Cousins suspension was undeserved because I don’t know the details, but it shouldn’t be considered on par with taking a brutal cheap shot on a guy. The NBA under Stern has always been a joke when it comes to punishing players, except for this incident for some reason.

  9. Mr. Wright 212 - Nov 11, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    This is nonsense. Elliott should be reprimanded also. He talks recklessly every game.

    BTW, where is Kurt’s column explaining that the Grizzlies blew out the Heat because of a hurricane or something?

    • savvybynature - Nov 11, 2012 at 9:31 PM

      Elliot is employed by the team, not the league. You really want to give Stern even more power now?

      Besides, Elliot’s job is to entertain the (mostly) Spurs fans listening to the broadcast. Cousins’ job is to win basketball games. Maybe if Cousins were more successful at his job he wouldn’t worry so much about how Elliot does his.

  10. jmclarkent - Nov 11, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Now we know why Cousin’s had such a mature statement for the press (as reported here) – he was already in “clean up” mode.

  11. bigtrav425 - Nov 11, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    If the broadcasters are man and big enough to dog someone or team like that then they need to be man enough to handle or take what happens

    • savvybynature - Nov 11, 2012 at 9:36 PM

      And if Cousins is “man and big enough to dog” Tim Duncan, he should be able to handle it when Timmy owns him afterwards.

      I’m truly sorry he was so embarrassed by getting outplayed by a 36 year old after talking smack that he felt a need to go after a broadcaster. But what it comes down to is he needs to worry about improving his game, not what Sean Elliot says.

  12. fredski11 - Nov 11, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    When will youngsters learn…Oh ya, Timmy showed em and Elliot spoke on it. Speak on.

  13. pricejustin24 - Nov 11, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Sean Elliot is a douche

    • savvybynature - Nov 11, 2012 at 9:38 PM

      He may be a douche, but he’s a douche with a ring. That’s more than Cousins will ever be able to say if he doesn’t stop acting like a petulant child.

  14. smcgaels1997 - Nov 11, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Elliot is a top line homer, and as a broadcaster you should be professional which he is not…he deserved to be confronted about it and he should be fined by the league fit his inability to go his job professionally

  15. pricejustin24 - Nov 11, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    It’s just hard to believe Sean Elliot has a job, well other than his full time job of juggling Tim Duncan’s balls.

  16. mrtwig48 - Nov 11, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Sean Elliott is doing the SAN ANTONIO broadcast for the SAN ANTONIO Spurs. The people of SAN ANTONIO don’t want him to be unbiased. When Bruce Bowen or Steve Kerr does work for ESPN or TNZ, the people (most) of SAN ANTONIO understand when they try to be unbiased. Quit saying Elliott shouldn’t be a homer, he’s the local SAN ANTONIO color commentator who used to play and is still good friends with Timmy and the organization.

  17. edge661 - Nov 11, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    To many thugs in the nba

  18. libertynchurch - Nov 11, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    If you think that the NBA is full of thugs, then its clear that you dont really know what a THUG is!

    Keep it real, @edge. What you really mean to say is that there are too many N***ers! Why dont you just go watch some Adolph Rupp – Univ of Kentucky games on YouTube?

  19. pricejustin24 - Nov 11, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    And … Boom! goes the dynamite

  20. zice03 - Nov 12, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    How is it unprofessional what he did? Cousins should listen to what he said. It was the truth. Homer or not. Truth is the truth. Cousins is an idiot for taking offense to the facts laid out by Sean. Who disagrees with what he said. Come on. Man up and play the game. TD never talks and were does he stand in the history of the game. He’s the GOAT.

    P.S. thanks for talking trash to him. I’m sure the W felt good and the L brought idiot back out. He will always have some problem. Waste of talent

  21. Chris Fiorentino - Nov 12, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Sorry, but this is the THIRD posting on this issue, and the writer has yet to make any logical sense on EXACTLY WHAT SEAN ELLIOT SAID THAT WAS SO BAD. He simply says this time that Elliot shouldn’t say anything on his broadcast that he wouldn’t say to a player’s face. What exactly would that be?

    “Cousins…you pissed off Duncan and he crapped all over you. Where was I wrong?”

    Seriously Brett? Show us what your beef is exactly with Elliot’s statement. He didn’t get personal. He didn’t say Cousins sucks. He said that Cousins shouldn’t have pissed off Tim Duncan. Where’s the problem with that?

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

What players stood out at World Cup?
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. D. Rose (3264)
  2. L. James (2553)
  3. D. Ferry (2520)
  4. K. Irving (2388)
  5. J. Valanciunas (2326)
  1. K. Bryant (2230)
  2. P. George (2055)
  3. N. Batum (1766)
  4. R. Gay (1735)
  5. C. Anthony (1690)